Below are five short easy to memorize Ramadan prayers that I picked from the book of Adhkaar by imam an-Nawawi.  I made sure that I picked only authentic narrations (grade of Hassan and above).  Below you find the Arabic, the transliteration, the translation, and some commentary when necessary.

What to say the first time you see the new crescent of Ramadan

اللَّهمَّ أَهلَّهُ علينَا بالأمنِ والإيمانِ والسَّلامةِ والإسلامِ ربِّي وربُّكَ اللَّهُ

Transliteration: Allahumma ahillahu alayna bil-amni wal-iman was-salaamati wal-islam.  Rabbi wa rabbuka Allah

Translation: Oh Allah, make it a start full of peace and faith, safety and Islam.  My lord and your lord is Allah

Commentary: Notice how this supplication paired peace and faith as if they are twins.  In fact, in Arabic they sound alike (Amn and Emaan) because one is derived from the other.  It also paired peace and Islam (Silm and Islam) because again one is derived from the other.  In short, the two most important concepts in our religion (Islam and iman) are both derived from the words that mean peace in Arabic, Amn and Silm.  We ask Allah to make this Ramadan full of peace.

What to say when breaking fast at sunset every day

ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله

Transliteration: Dhahaba adh-Dhama' wabtallatil-urooq wa thabatal-ajr inshaa'Allah

Translation: Thirst is gone, the veins are wet, and the reward is confirmed by the will of God

Commentary: Remember, the time of breaking the fast is one of the times where du'a is likely to be answered.  So you can accompany this Prophetic du'a with any other du'a of your making.

What to say if someone tries to revile you while you're fasting

إني صائمٌ ، إني صائمٌ

Transliteration: Innee saa'im, innee saa'im

Translation: I'm fasting, I'm fasting

Commentary: imam Nawawi mentions that this either should be said loud so the aggressor can hear and hopefully stop, or it should be said in silence as a self-reminder.  But the first opinion is stronger.

What to say after breaking fast with a group of people

أفطر عندكم الصائمون ، وأكل طعامكم الأبرار ، وصلت عليكم الملائكة

Transliteration: aftara indakum as-saa'imoon, wa akala ta'aamakum al-abraar, wa sallat alaikum al-malaa'ikah

Translation: May the fasting people break fast at your place, and may the pious eat from your food, and may the angels pray for you

What to say if you encounter the Night of al-Qadr

اللَّهمَّ إنَّك عفُوٌّ تُحبُّ العفوَ فاعْفُ عنِّي

Transliteration: Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbu al-afwa fa'fu anni

Translation: Oh Allah you are forgiving, and you love forgiveness, so forgive me


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Born and raised in Lebanon, Hlayhel began attending study circles at his local mosque when he was ten. He came to the United States at 17 and studied electrical engineering at the University of Houston. At its MSA, he met Sh Yasir Qadhi and worked together to raise Islamic awareness on campus. Hlayhel studied traditional sciences of Aqeedah (Islamic creed), Fiqh (Islamic law) and Nahw (Arabic grammar) under Sh Waleed Basyouni and Sh Waleed Idriss Meneese among others. After settling in Phoenix AZ, he worked tirelessly, in the capacity of a board member then a chairman, to revive the then dead AZ chapter of CAIR in order to face the growing Islamophobia in that state and to address the resulting civil right violations. Today, he's considered the second founder of a strong CAIR-AZ. In addition, Hlayhel is a part-time imam at the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley in Phoenix, husband and father of four. His current topics of interest include positive Islam, youth coaching, and countering Islamophobia.

One Response

  1. Wael

    Jazak Allah khayr for sharing these, brother Anas. May Allah grant us a successful Ramadan.


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